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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 11:55am
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Now I am not talking past date, or it has lost its aromatics, or it is getting greasier than aunt Edna's three day old fried chicken, I am talking about tasting a coffee and saying to yourself, "That's one stale cuppa Joe!" followed by a discrete expectoration into an innocent rubber plant which is just sitting there, minding it's own business.

For me the experience is noting a kind of bitter, burnt kind of flavor situated on the back of the tongue and also to the sides of the back of the throat, which tends to linger for a time, well after the offending liquid has galloped down the gullet (thanks Oscar Hammerstein the second).

I am assuming at least part of the experience has to do with the circumvallate papillae at the back of the tongue.

Anyone want to volunteer what they think stale coffee tastes like?

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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:42pm
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If I drink a cup of coffee that I think tastes stale I note a lack of natural sweetness, thin body (almost no mouthfeel), a slight bitter taste, almost no coffee aroma wafting up into nasel passages after drinking it (at least that is the best way of describing it).

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Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 7:22pm
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it has a certain cardboardy quality and lacks flavour
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Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 2:04am
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stale coffee tastes more smokey i find.. in some of them real tobacco notes come out! It will also lack acidity and sweetness. I've had some beans from a few online retailers that have suffered this fait before. I got rid - i guess when i first started getting into coffee I was buying pre-ground which wouldn't have helped because it dramatically reduces the shelf-life.
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Posted Mon Jan 27, 2014, 5:26am
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We have different experiences tasting stale coffee. But one thing Iím sure that if you donít like the taste and makes you bad, then it is stale coffee. A stale coffee doesn't affect only your taste but your smell too. Thus smelling like garbage, taste sour and bitter is a stale coffee for me.

 
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CoffeeLoversMag Said:

We have different experiences tasting stale coffee. But one thing Iím sure that if you donít like the taste and makes you bad, then it is stale coffee. A stale coffee doesn't affect only your taste but your smell too. Thus smelling like garbage, taste sour and bitter is a stale coffee for me.

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ROFLMAO.

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Posted Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:08am
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You don't have to brew or taste the 'stale' of coffee, the aroma from the dry bean is tell-tale.
High quality fresh, well roasted coffee has a sweet, delicious, intoxicating aroma. Chocolate, nuts, fruit, Coffee!
The 'stale' coffee aroma is flat, tired and has a biting skunky rancid oil smell.  

This is an easy exercise anyone can do:
Buy some high quality fresh coffee; a familiar favorite. Put a small sample in a tight glass jar for a month or 2.
Compare the aroma of a fresh batch to this sample.
Report back here with your description.
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Posted Fri Jan 31, 2014, 7:09pm
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Frost Said:

This is an easy exercise anyone can do:
Buy some high quality fresh coffee; a familiar favorite. Put a small sample in a tight glass jar for a month or 2.
Compare the aroma of a fresh batch to this sample.
Report back here with your description.

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There was a convincing demonstration a while back to a group of non-coffeegeeks.
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